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Friday, May 11, 2018

Favorite Character Friday: Monique

FCF has changed! I think there are way too many great characters out there to limit them to just books so start talking about your favorite characters from movies, tv shows, AND books. Show me your favorites!

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Musings & Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters, because with millions of books, tv shows, and movies out there and more coming out constantly, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week highlight one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include where they’re from (Book, TV Show, Movie) as well! Share the love and maybe someone will check it out and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female and can be from TV or Movies!

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Favorite Character: Monique Servais

Where Can We Meet This Character? The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? Well it takes a special lady to be living in the 1800s and not be cowed by the men in that time. Monique is one of those ladies. She’s strong, independent and excels as an actress. From the moment she meets Gregory she isn’t afraid to be blunt with him when she feels he’s being a typically arrogant Englishman.

     Hart offered her a courtly bow. “We came to express our admiration for the performance.”
      “Did you?” She met Gregory’s gaze coolly. “I don’t think your companion has the same purpose.”
     Had he been scowling at her? Probably. The woman had thrown him off his game. He’d spent years schooling his emotions into calm, and it vexed him that she had managed to ruffle it.
     Forcing a smile, he dipped his head. “On the contrary, I found your acting quite proficient.”
      “What effusive praise,” she said dryly, surprising him with her knowledge of English vocabulary. “I shall try not to let it go to my head.”

And even though Monique was in unfamiliar waters while masquerading as a princess, she didn’t become so timid as to let all the men around her make choices that affected her safety. She was smart.

      The count drew himself up in clear outrage, but before he could retort, she laid a hand on his arm. “Of course I trust you, Uncle.” She cast him a look of wide-eyed worry that would bend any man to her will, even the rigid count. “But you were not there when it happened. It was terrifying. So I should like to discuss the matter with his lordship alone to determine for myself if he is overreacting.”
     The count fixed her with a quelling look. “Why not do it in my presence?”
     She matched his gaze with a determined one of her own. “Are you forbidding it?”
     That brought the man up short. He had to realize that “forbidding it” would put her even further on her guard. “Of course not, but—”
      “I am still the ruler of Chanay, am I not?” she said in the unforgiving tones of royalty.
     The count’s eyes glittered, but he offered her a jerky nod.
     She cast him a thin smile. “So I have the right to make these decisions for myself, to speak to whomever I must in order to ascertain what should be done. A few moments alone with his lordship is all I require. You may wait outside while we discuss it.”

She was cheeky without being completely flippant with the people around her. As a character she was a lot of fun.

Book Cover/Blurb:
The moment spymaster Baron Fulkham meets the stunning Princess Aurore of Chanay, he's positive her royal persona is a ruse and that she's actually Monique Servais, the mysterious actress he met three years before in Dieppe.

But as he pursues his suspicions, he uncovers a plot of attempted assassination and betrayal that could very well destroy his career, expose his own secrets...and ruin the woman he's rapidly coming to love.

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